Virat Kohli badly wanted the hundred, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Written by Abhishek Patil

India were in a spot of bother against the new ball when their innings got underway, but it was once again captain Virat Kohli who took control of proceedings and smashed his 42nd ODI ton to power India to 279 for 7. He was given great support by young Shreyas Iyer, but it was the skipper who stole the show. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar too said that the captain indeed was desperate to get to a century.

His remarks came after Kohli’s knock of 120 runs in the match. With this knock, Kohli became the highest run-getter in ODIs against West Indies, going past Pakistan’s Javed Miandad. Kohli has also become the second-highest run-getter in ODIs.

“From Virat’s expression, you can make out that how badly wanted a hundred. It’s not like he was out of form, it was just that he was getting dismissed in the 70s or 80s in the World Cup. The wicket was not easy, when he came back after getting dismissed, he said the wicket is not that easy,” Kumar told reporters after the second ODI.

Bhuvneshwar himself was impressive as he bagged four wickets in the match and tilted the match in India’s favour by getting rid of Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase and Kemar Roach.

“I was not thinking about the result. We knew if we get one-two wickets, we will be back in the game. I just planned on bowling economically and bowling more dot balls,” Kumar said.

“Pooran’s wicket was the main-wicket. Then Roston Chase’s wicket was also very crucial. He was rotating the strike constantly, so his wicket was also an important wicket,” he added.


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